2012 NFL Draft Analysis - Guards No. 11-20
Wake Forest's Joe Looney
Wake Forest's Joe Looney
Posted Apr 16, 2012

From a college football perspective, here's the analysis of all the top guard prospects.

2012 NFL Draft Position Rankings

OGs - No. 11-20

By Pete Fiutak

- 2012 NFL Offensive Guard Rankings - Top Ten

11. Adam Gettis, Iowa 6-4, 293
Way too light and can only be used in a zone-blocking scheme, he needs to add at least ten more pounds, preferably 15 or more, before he can even think of moving anyone around. However, he’s good in one-on-one battles, has great athleticism, and he’s always hustling and working. One of the quickest guards in the draft, he’ll find a role as a top blocker on the move and can work his way into starting at either guard spot. Again, though, there’s the bulk problem. He’ll try to get bigger and stronger, but he’s going to have a hard enough time to maintain his current weight. Simply a good football player, that’ll have to be enough, but he can’t fit on a power-rushing line and has to be able to work on the move.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

12. Brandon Washington, Miami (Jr.) 6-4, 320
A big pounding run blocker, the sky’s the limit with tremendous upside and the potential to be a steal if he wants to work for it. Not an athlete in any way, even though he might end up seeing a little time at right tackle, he’s at his best when he’s able to see-guy, hit-guy, and bury his man. The frame is there and he has all the tools, but he has to live with an NFL strength and conditioning coach to tighten everything up and he has to camp out with a position coach to learn the finer points of the position. There’s a lot to work with, but he’s a huge risk if he doesn’t decide he wants to be special. Give him a year or three and he could blossom, but it’ll be a shock if he produces right away.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

13. Andrew Tiller, Syracuse 6-4, 324
A strong run blocker with the right fight and the right attitude to destroy a defender, he’s durable, reliable, and consistent. With the right NFL body, he looks the part and has the power to match when he gets the leverage on a defender. Fighting isn’t a problem; he doesn’t take plays off. The biggest issue will be keeping his weight under wraps. While he slimmed down in a big way to get to around 320, he’s going to have to really, really work to make sure he doesn’t balloon back up. Not an athlete, he’s not going to move too much outside of the box and he’s not going to get down the field, but when it comes to burying the man in front of him, he can do that.
CFN Projection: Third Round

14. Antoine McClain, Clemson 6-6, 329
Very, very big and very thick, he has a huge frame and a tremendous wingspan making him tough to get around. A blaster of a run blocker, he engulfs defenders and destroys them when working in a phone booth. With no need to light a fire under him, he’s always going to do what’s needed to improve. However, he gets pushed around a bit too much considering his size and his ability, and that comes from his raw strength. He needs to hit the weights hard to get functionally stronger. Forget about him as a tackle and he’s not an athlete in any way, but the sky might be the limit if he’s put in a power-blocking scheme.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

15. Rishaw Johnson, California (Pa.) 6-4, 313
The raw talent is there with great size and good on-field fire to finish his man and keep him on the ground. Quick, he can fit in just about any system and find a home, and there’s a chance he could be a major steal if someone can get past all the character concerns. He got booted from Ole Miss for a violation of team rules, and he didn’t help himself with a confusing Combine with mistake after mistake. While he probably would’ve grown into a strong SEC player with the right development, he got by at the lower level by simply being better than everyone else. Once he got to the Senior Bowl, though, he was dominated at times. Some will probably have him completely off their draft boards, but if someone is patient there’s a lot to work with.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

16. Joe Looney, Wake Forest 6-3, 309
Versatile, his biggest worth is as a producer either at center or guard no matter what the system. Smart and a leader, he’s a high-character guy with the right attitude and the right make-up to find a home somewhere on a line. While he’s not a top athlete, he knows how to use his weight and his leverage to frustrate his man throughout a game. But can he get healthy? He suffered a broken foot this offseason and had to fight through a slew of bangs and bruises throughout his career. Hitting the weight room and redefining his body is a must, and he projects to be a good backup at a few positions rather than a top starter at any one spot, but he’s the type of guy coaches want to have on their team.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

17. Johnnie Troutman, Penn State 6-4, 325
Out of central casting, he has the ideal frame, the right arms, and the right size for a tackle, but he’s able to use his tools well as a guard. A good, smart run blocker who doesn’t make any mistakes and packs a whale of a pop, he was a key part of the Nittany Lion line. However, he can’t move, doesn’t have any athleticism, and seemed like he was operating in slow motion in workouts. There was a DUI issue and he has injury concerns, but he could turn out to be a fine run blocker if all he’s asked to do is move the pile.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

18. Derek Dennis, Temple 6-3, 315
With a nice body type and with a frame that carries his weight well, he looks the part and has just enough quickness to kick out to right tackle is needed. Great in small spaces, he wins the fights in the interior and he’s good at blowing up his man when he gets his hands on a guy. Consistency is a problem and makes a few too many mistakes, and he doesn’t do enough on the move – he got slower after a torn ACL a few years ago - and he has to get his technique down on every play. Versatility could keep him on a roster, but he’ll likely be a key swing backup rather than a lock-down blocker at one guard job.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

19. Jeremiah Warren, South Florida 6-3, 336
With an NFL body and the strength to handle himself just fine at guard or center, he has the look and he has enough of the raw tools to become a good run blocker. With the right attitude and a nice nastiness to his game, he doesn’t need a push and he’ll fight on the field. Not an athlete, he’s not going to do anything on the move and he’s only going to be more lumbering if he can’t keep his weight in check. If he’s not careful he could blow up to 350 pounds in a heartbeat, and considering he needs a lot of technique work, he needs a lot of time and coaching.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

20. Rokevious Watkins, South Carolina 6-4, 338
While he’s not going to destroy anyone, even though he has the right body to blow up a lineman, he’s decent on the move and can kick outside to either tackle position if needed. Most likely a key reserve who’ll fill in the games when needed, he’s reliable and productive, doing a nice job against SEC defenders over the last few years, but he can’t handle the speed rushers. However, while he might get a long look at right tackle, he’s not going to function for too long on the outside and can only move in case of an emergency. There’s upside, but he needs a lot of work both in the film room and with a strength and conditioning coach to maximize his potential.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

- 2012 NFL Offensive Guard Rankings - Top Ten